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UPDATE: The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports winger Dmitrij Jaskin will make his NHL debut for the St. Louis Blues, Tuesday against the Vancouver Canucks. Coach Ken Hitchcock hints Jaskin will line up aside center Patrik Berglund or Chris Porter.
"He's practiced with both guys," Hitchcock said. "Conditioning-wise, with all the skates he's had, he's ready to go and I think we need to put him in to see where he's at evaluation-wise."
"To me, as soon as he looks like he's ready to play, we're going to put him in," Hitchcock said. "If he can help us win a hockey game, he's going to go in and play ... He looks like a great package. He's got size, he's got quickness, he's smooth with the puck. This is (only a practice), but for a guy not skating for nine days and then come and look like that, it's pretty impressive."
The six-foot-three winger (205 lbs) collected 99 points in 51 games with the QMJHL Moncton Wildcats this season. He was selected by the Blues 41st overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
***Forward Dmitrij Jaskin is expected to make his NHL debut for the St. Louis Blues before the regular season is through. After signing an entry-level deal with the Blues last week, the 20-year-old practiced with the club for the first time Tuesday. Afterward, Blues coach Ken Hitchcock hinted to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that it might only be a matter of a few days before Jaskin cracks the lineup.